So here’s something I hear a lot, especially from new-new post-ops: “I just don’t know how I’m supposed to get all my vitamins in plus protein. It’s too much!”
Although I’m not in that boat anymore (happy dance), I can relate. During the first six months after my surgery I had extreme restriction. I would take my vitamins and they’d actually fill me up. Ugh, it was horrible. I always felt like every time I got one area under control (protein, vitamins, water, exercise) another would fall behind!
Nik: Hey, Shannon! We already know Celebrate for its many vitamin offerings, but many Foodies might not know you provide other products. Can you tell us what else you have to offer?Shannon: Sure Nik! We’re definitely known for our bariatricmultivitamins, calcium and iron, but what some patients may not know or be familiar with is our combination products. We offer meal replacements, protein shakes, drink mixes and our newest product: protein bars! But they’re actually a protein AND calcium bar, which is pretty cool, because it does double duty (I’ll get to that later).
Currently we have our Celebrate ENS + Protein 4 in 1 Protein Shake (combining a multivitamin, calcium citrate, protein and fiber), Celebrate 3 in 1 Drink Mix (combining a multivitamin, calcium citrate, and fiber), and our ENS 2 in 1 Protein & Calcium Bar. The idea behind this is to be able to provide the patient with a supplement that has the ability to decrease the amount of pills / doses needed in a day, and always including calcium. For example: our ENS 2 in 1 Protein & Calcium Bar provides 15 grams of protein and 500 mg of calcium citrate. Your getting an added dose of calcium in daily, which is one less calcium pill, and eating a protein packed snack that will help curb your hunger and cravings and get you closer to your daily recommendations!
Nik: So, what’s in the bars? Are they sugar-free, gluten-free, etc.?
Shannon: The 2 in 1 Bars are a low calorie, low sugar snack, with only 5 grams of sugar! They have 15 grams of soy protein isolate and score a 1 on the PDCAAS scale, which means they are a complete protein and provide all of the essential amino acids. They have 500 mg of calcium citrate, as well as 333 IU of vitamin D3 and 50 mg of magnesium. We use sugar alcohols and Sucralose to sweeten the bar. And of course, they’re gluten-free.
Nik: Both the current bars have chocolate in them. Are there new bars coming that have other flavors?
Shannon: Right now we have two delicious flavors; Peanut Butter – Chocolate Crunch and Caramel – Chocolate Crunch! Yum! No new flavors yet, but you never know what we might think of next!
Nik: So tell us…which bar is your personal favorite?
Shannon: I’m a peanut butter fanatic! So you know my personal fav is the Peanut Butter – Chocolate Crunch! I love, love, love my peanut butter! Did I mention I like peanut butter? Haha!
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